For two months, Dagsboro Town Hall was without day-to-day leadership. But Cynthia “Cindi” Brought has returned to the public sector to become Dagsboro’s town administrator.
Brought said she enjoys helping residents work through their problems — even the tough ones. And she’s done it before, as Frankford’s town clerk (and only town-hall employee) from 1998 to 2001.
“It was always something new and exciting,” Brought said. “It’s a challenge, but I really enjoy it, just dealing with the public. I feel like I’m very approachable, and I listen to their concerns, their complaints, and I follow up on it. … It might not be the answer they want, but I will get it.”
After 47 years of service to Sussex County government, Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank will retire on Jan. 6.
The longest-serving County employee in its history, Lank was hired Oct. 14, 1969, as a map draftsman. He then went on to work as a planning tech from 1977 until January 1985, when he became the active director. In April of that year, he took over as permanent Planning & Zoning director.
“We’re certainly sad to see him go and wish him all the best on his next chapter,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.
During its Jan. 3 meeting, Sussex County council members took the time to recognize Lank for his service and say a few words.
• The Bethany Beach Charter & Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion of possible revisions to Chapter 530, Signs, of the town code; and discussion of remainder of Part I of the town code.
Thousands of soldiers died in the Civil War. But those who survived also hold a special place in history. Now, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War hope to recognize the gravesites of every Civil War veteran buried in Delaware.
Nearly two years into their mission, the Lt. Col. David L. Stricker Camp #64 has placed nearly 200 small, star-shaped markers at veteran graves.
“We’re trying to identify every soldier in the state that fought for the state of Delaware in that war but does not have any recognition on their stone,” said volunteer Dan Cowgill. “When we find them, we place a marker.”
A Rehoboth Beach man was arrested last week following a high-speed pursuit involving seven law-enforcement agencies.
According to police, around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, a black SUV was observed traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md. It was reported that the SUV was driving at speeds up to 100 mph.
“This individual placed a lot of people in danger. In particular, one Ocean City officer that, apparently, he swerved toward that officer and came very close to striking their marked police car at a very high rate of speed,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt there, and we’re glad we were able to take him in without any injuries.”
The new year is like a clean slate, right?
Except when it isn’t.
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President-elect Donald Trump wants former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be America’s next Secretary of Energy. If confirmed, he will oversee our nation’s nuclear arsenal. Those duties include making sure the nuclear stockpile is secure from outside threats and ready for use.
The Delaware State Police on Thursday afternoon were investigating a bomb threat that was called into the Long Neck Elementary School at 26064 School Lane this afternoon.
Here we are again — another New Year! As we say hello to 2017, I’m reminded of one of the songs my husband, Jim, occasionally sings on karaoke nights — “Choices,” as sung by the late, great country singer George Jones. The opening lyrics are: “I’ve had choices since the day that I was born. There were voices that told me right from wrong. If I had listened, no, I wouldn’t be here today, living and dying with the choices I’ve made.”
It has been my tradition at the beginning of each year to write a healthy-cooking and fitness column. We all know the New Year drill. It’s about “choices.” Do I make New Year’s resolutions? Do I set goals for myself? Will this be the year that I finally _____________ (you fill in the blank)? And if I make resolutions, will this be the year that I actually succeed in keeping them?
In December 2015, I again began chemo treatments to deal with the return of my rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in both lungs. Treatments ended in April, and I’m thrilled that I am again in remission — eight months and counting.
You know the guy in all those “Friday” movies? And those “Next Friday” movies? And also those “The Next Friday after the Friday after the last Next Friday following the following Next Friday” movies?
Indians take fourth, gear up for duals
The beach has officially been battled at.
Some of the top wrestlers from 17 schools across the state and beyond showed up to hit the mats at Indian River High School for the “Battle at the Beach” wrestling tournament last Thursday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Dec. 29, with several local squads dominating the final standings.
Coming out on top was Sussex Central High School, with Cape Henlopen taking second, Emmaus High School from Pennsylvania placing third, and the Indians putting together one of their best team showings in recent years with a fourth-place finish in front of defending DII state champion Milford in fifth.
“Overall team performance, we wrestled an outstanding tournament,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish, who established the Battle of the Beach at IR in 2009.
Refuse to lose.
That’s what Indian River High School head girls’ basketball coach Donna Polk told her squad before taking the court against Henlopen South rival Milford on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
And despite not having been able to take down the Bucs since the 2011-2012 season, that’s exactly what the Indians did, in a second-half comeback and eventual 23-19 division victory.
“After practice, we always do an assessment, and one of our seniors, Madi McGee, said at the last practice, ‘We have to get it together.’ So today, that’s what we said we had to do,” Polk explained of the mindset heading into the game and coming off of back-to-back losses at the Pat Burowski tournament over winter break.
“We had to get it together. Refuse to lose. Step up and do what we’re supposed to do. Today was just a total team effort. We saw a lot of good things today.”
After going up 2-0 on a pair of free-throws and managing to hold the lead until midway through the second quarter, a three-pointer from Milford senior Kiarra Brittingham broke the scoring drought and gave the Bucs a 3-2 advantage.
IR sophomore center Julia Jordan would answer and tie the game at 4-4 after putting back an offensive rebound, then end up doing it again just before the half; but Milford would still manage to take a 9-6 lead into the break.
Hill to hit the ropes in WWE-style ‘Battle Royale’
After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as “ALS” and “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) in March of 2014, Tim Hill’s doctors told him to “take it easy” and to “get his affairs in order.”
He responded by walking 10 miles from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach.
Then, he jumped out of an airplane.
IR boys’ hoops falls to 5-2 after loss to Milford
After a three-week hiatus, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team returned to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 1, in a 68-38 loss to Milford. The division setback dropped the Indians to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Henlopen South, as IR head coach B.J. Joseph faced off against his former team.
Delaware can take its next step forward with shellfish aquaculture. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has finally approved an expedited process to approve aquaculture leases in the Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman bays. In 2017, aquaculturalists could begin growing oysters and clams on lease sites in the inland bays.
Numbers are settling into place as South Bethany plans its police station expansion, which has a tentative price tag of $232,450 (including an $18,000 contingency fund). The money is available, spread over the next two budget cycles, said Mayor Pat Voveris on Dec. 9.
The Delaware State Police are still seeking a suspect in a Frankford-area home invasion that occurred on Christmas Eve.
On. Saturday, Dec. 24, at around 6:30 a.m., three suspects forcefully broke into a home through the front door and awoke a 19-year old male victim and an 18-year-old male victim, who were reportedly sleeping in separate bedrooms
Dredging is once again in the Assawoman Canal’s future. To improve watercraft navigation, Delaware State Parks has officially requested state and national permits for 3.94 miles of maintenance dredging anytime in the next 10 years.
Officials hope to begin in January, finishing the northern canal (Route 26 to White Creek) by the boating season.
At the entrance to a greenhouse at Bearhole Farms near Roxana sits a blue tank about the size of a small hot tub. Orange-finned flashes flit around the bottom and a pump emits a constant thrum.
“That’s the engine,” says Bear Hole proprietor Cindy Stevens. The heart of the engine, which produces a perpetual harvest of 3,000 lettuce plants inside the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse, is fish. About 350 koi, common goldfish and channel catfish, to be precise.
In addition to swimming around the tank, the fish eat... and then when that food turns to fish waste, it is released into a system of channels that run under the lettuce plants, watering and feeding the plants. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship.
CIB to the public: Scientific data at your fingertips
It doesn’t take a biology degree to enjoy the beauty of the local rivers and bays. So the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) created a simplified scientific report so the average Joe can comprehend what’s happening inside the bays.
Good news, Fenwick Freeze fans! This year’s freeze — technically a dip in ocean waters whose temperatures are hovering in the mid-40s — will be 90 minutes later.
That means New Year’s revelers will have a bit longer to drink some coffee and pull their swimsuits out of the bottom of their dressers. This year’s swim will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1. Swimmers will gather on the beach at Bayard Street, according to Rebecca McWilliams, chairman of the town’s Beach Committee.
McWilliams, who has organized the swim since its inception 13 years ago, said although Fenwick’s winter swim might not be as big as those in neighboring beach towns, its charm lies in its simplicity “It’s kind of a local thing,”she said. “It’s the same people that do it every year.” McWilliams said many of the 150 or so swimmers have participated with their families since the very first one.
For the sixth straight year, local residents can ring in the New Year with the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, and for the 21st year in a row, they can follow it up with the Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
The downtown Bethany Beach-based event is set to get underway on Sunday, Jan. 1, with the race starting off at Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue, and ending at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
Hundreds of runners from all age groups and experience levels are expected, to compete on the family friendly and “festive” course.
The first 350 runners to complete the race will receive official finishing medals to go along with both overall and age group awards.
Last month, a stolen car was recovered by Ocean View Police Department after conducting a routine vehicle registration check.
On Nov. 25, at a little after midnight, an OVPD officer, while on patrol, ran the tags of a 1998 green Honda Civic with Delaware registration at the Royal Farms on Atlantic Ave.
This past 12 months has been busy here at the Coastal Point.
In a lot of ways, 2016 was kind of for the birds.
Yes, we lost some talented musicians and actors, but doesn’t that happen every year? Going back five years to 2011, for example, we saw the deaths of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Falk, Jane Russell, Amy Winehouse, Cliff Robertson, Bubba Smith and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. That doesn’t even include Col. Potter from M*A*S*H (aka, Harry Morgan) or James Arness.
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My husband and I live on Blackwater Road in Frankford. We have lived here since 2007. We enjoy our home, our neighborhood and the beauty of Sussex County. Life is good. We believe in being positive and usually look forward to improvements in our area.
When Bob and Ellen Chaisson decided to retire to Lewes 17 years ago, they had never visited the region before. They wanted a nice place to live, but one that was still close enough to travel to Maryland, where they had lived for 20 years.
The 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow experienced tragedy during his lifetime. His beloved wife Fanny died in a fire, and his son Charles sustained a devastating wound as an officer in the Union army during the Civil War.
In the sort-of-famous words of the Seattle-based 1990’s alt-rock/grunge band and obvious Kurt Cobain wannabes “Alice In Chains”: “Yeah, here comes the rooster, yeah.”
Indian River High School to host ‘Battle at the Beach’ wrestling tournament
Wrestlers from across Delaware will hit the mats at Indian River High School this weekend, when the Indians host their annual “Battle at the Beach” tournament.
The event is open to the public, and set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30.